When Urban Meyer met with members of the media Friday afternoon and announced that Carlos Hyde would be returning to Columbus for his senior season, Ohio State’s backfield became one of the most dangerous weapons in all of college football.
Aside from having a more experienced Braxton Miller orchestrating Urban Meyer’s spread offense, the running back position will be loaded with an enormous amount of talent in 2013.
Carlos Hyde’s return is just one of many reasons for that.
Running back Jordan Hall will also be back next year after receiving a medical redshirt from the NCAA. Hall missed the first two games of the season recovering from an offseason, non-football related foot injury, and after playing in just three games, his season ended when he tore the PCL in his right knee against Michigan State.
The Buckeyes also have a 4-star running back coming to Columbus with this year’s recruiting class in Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliot—who has 4.4 speed—is one of the most explosive running back prospects in the country. Both Rivals.com and Scout.com have Elliot ranked the No. 9 running back in the country while ESPN.com ranks him the 109th best prospect overall.
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